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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/28/2014
Snowden: As time went on, as I rose to higher and higher levels of the intelligence community, as I gained more and more access, as I saw more and more classified information at the highest levels. I realized that so many of the things that we're told by the government simply aren't true. Much like the arguments about aluminum tubes and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Colin Powell's speech about the vial of anthrax that Saddam was going to bring against us. The Iraq war that I signed up for was launched on false premises. The American people were misled. Now, whether that was due to bad faith or simply mistakes of intelligence, I can't say for sure, but I can say it shows the problem of putting too much faith in intelligence systems without debating them in public.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
CNNW 05/28/2014
Snowden: When they say I’m a low level systems administrator that I don't know what I'm talking about, I’d say it's somewhat misleading. Tapper: But the office of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, says nonsense. "Edward Snowden was an I.T. contractor, he was not a covert intelligence officer. Like many of his previous public statements. Many of the recent claims fall well short of the truth.
John Kerry
Secretary of State
KPIX 05/28/2014
Kerry: The bottom line is this is a man who has betrayed his country, who is sitting in Russia, in an authoritarian country, where he's taken refuge. He should man up and come back to the United States. If he has a complaint about what’s the matter with American surveillance, come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case. But instead he’s just sitting there taking pot shots at his country, violating his oath that he took when he took on the job he took and betraying, I think, you know, fundamental agreements that he entered into when he became an employee. And the fact is he has damaged his country very significantly in many, many ways.
Susan Rice
U.S. National Security Advisor
BLOOMBERG 05/30/2014
Rice: He was not trained as a spy. We have no idea where that assertion comes from. Has Edward done damage? He has done immense damage to the national security of the United States in ways that I wish I could describe in public, but I cannot. Indeed, the revelations, the illegal unauthorized revelations of Snowden have given our enemies particularly terrorists, including al Qaeda, insights into how we gain information and intelligence on them that have enabled them to change the way they operate and be much more difficult to track. That’s just one example.
Susan Rice
U.S. National Security Advisor
BLOOMBERG 05/30/2014
Rice: By the way, we have the best justice system in the world with all the protections for defendants that anybody, anywhere could hope for. He faces very serious charges. He should come back and face them in court. If his intentions are honorable, as he claims, which is hard to imagine given the damage he has done, then he ought to be brave enough to face the justice system that is the foundation of the country he loves.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
KNTV 05/30/2014
Mitchell: The NSA said Thursday it found only one e-mail from Snowden asking for clarification on a legal issue, not whistle-blowing. Asked to comment today Snowden responded to NBC news saying “The NSA's new discovery of written contact between me and its lawyers after more than a year of denying any such contact existed raises serious concerns. Calling the NSA release “incomplete,” Snowden added, “The fact is that I did raise such concerns both verbally and in writing and on multiple continuing occasions. As I've always said and as NSA has always denied.” Still the White House is challenging Snowden's credibility. Susan Rice: He was not trained as a spy. We have no idea where that assertion comes from. And has Edward Snowden done damage? He's done immense damage.
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
MSNBCW 05/30/2014
Mitchell: Edward Snowden is holding firm to his claim that he did blow the whistle about NSA abuses before the leaks leaving a paper trail to prove it. His interview with Brian Williams. Snowden: I voiced these complaints not just officially, in writing through e-mail, to these offices and these individuals, but to my supervisors, to my colleagues, in more than one office. Mitchell: Under pressure the NSA after a year released one e-mail, the sole e-mail it found from Snowden to NSA lawyers but Snowden has fired back about that release telling the "Washington Post" today the picture painted by the NSA is incomplete.
John Kerry
Secretary of State
MSNBCW 05/30/2014
Kerry: If this man is a patriot, he should stay in the United States and make his case. Patriots don't go to Russia. They don't seek asylum in Cuba. They don’t seek asylum in Venezuela. They fight their cause here. There are many a patriot. You can go back to the pentagon papers with Dan Ellsberg and others who stood and went to the court system of America and made their case. Edward Snowden is a coward, he is a traitor and he has betrayed his country and if he wants to come home tomorrow to face the music, he can do so. Mitchell: Well, today the famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Dan Ellsberg and Co-Founder of The Freedom of The Press Foundation is sounding off about Kerry's comments. Daniel Ellsberg wrote a column that was posted in the Guardian.
Daniel Ellsberg
Author of
MSNBCW 05/30/2014
Ellsberg: I think for him (Kerry) to characterize Mr. Snowden, whom I regard as an American hero and a very great patriot, as a coward, a traitor, and someone who betrayed his country, is a despicable statement. And I think very poorly for Mr. Kerry for having said that.
Daniel Ellsberg
Author of
MSNBCW 05/30/2014
Mitchell: Tell me why you disagree with the argument that he should have stayed, gone through the chain of command and faced the music, that he should be willing to stand trial and defend himself. Ellsberg: There’s several parts to that. On the first, chain of command- Snowden had seen what had happened to every person who went through the chain of command in NSA. Highest officials in NSA, technical people, Bill Binney, Ed Loomis, Kirk Wiebe, Thom Drake, all of them had gone to the inspector general and for that had their careers ruined. Several resigned, all of them raided by the FBI and lost their computers on suspicion that they had given the truth of what they were saying to the IG, inspector general and to Congress about the NSA’s criminal listening in without a warrant on hundreds of millions of Americans. They had told that, but not to the press, as they should have.
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